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Romeo and Juliet- Emotions and Moods

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Introduction

Explain how Shakespeare conveys different emotions and moods in 'Romeo and Juliet' with close reference to Act one, scene five and Act four, scene three. 'Here's much to do with hate but more with love' is the essence of the play as Romeo belongs to the Montagues and Juliet to the Capulets. Both are feuding families which brings the theme of love and hate to the story. The play is a romantic tragedy set in 'fair Verona', Italy because, in Tudor times, Italy was seen as a country where a story of love and passion seemed more probable. The play appeals to all audiences from the educated rich to the poor who all enjoy a love story, as we do today. Shakespeare brings many moods and emotions to the play and audience. Juliet is an intelligent and independent young woman who surprises the audience as they lived in a patriarchal society but Queen Elizabeth 1st was also an intelligent woman who was Shakespeare's patron. This timeless love story 'Romeo and Juliet' was written by Shakespeare between 1589 and 1595, during Queen Elizabeth 1st reign. Act one, scene five is undoubtedly a scene in the play that carries many emotions and moods. It opens with the servants rushing around getting everything ready for the party. ...read more.

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The atmosphere is no longer heated but full of romance. Shakespeare uses a sonnet which makes their encounter even more romantic. Romeo and Juliet's lines get shorter as they stop being as careful. 'Then move not while my prayer's effect I take. Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purg'd.' Juliet is aware that she should not be flirting as her role is a pawn that belongs to her father. She cannot make an independent choice about who she is allowed to love. The Tudor audience know that she is acting inappropriately for a 13 year old noble woman. Love is present in the atmosphere but the mood abruptly ends when the nurse steps in. Romeo discovers Juliet is a Capulet. The audience's reaction to the news is just as shocked and horrified as Romeo's. 'O dear account! My life is my foe's debt.' Juliet discovers at her turn that Romeo is a Montague. She prophesises her own death and which conveys a sense of foreshadowing. 'My grave is like to be my wedding-bed.' Shakespeare brings the audience to a conclusion that the story will not have a happy ending. 'Never was a story of more woe, Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.' ...read more.

Conclusion

'Romeo, I come! This do I drink to thee.' Her soliloquy ends on a note of irony as you would drink to someone's health whilst she is drinking to save him for their future. In this scene Juliet's maturity is shown through her acceptance that no one will help her, her marriage to Paris must not go ahead and through her deception of her mother and nurse in the opening lines. She has to concentrate on a future with Romeo and focus on pursuing her fake death as the only way out. Throughout both scenes a variety of different emotions and moods are conveyed by imagery, conflict and fear. In act one, scene five the main situations are love and hate. Hate is portrayed through Tybalt's loathe of the Montagues and his conflict with Capulet. Love is shown through Romeo and Juliet who fall in love with each other. Love and hate are two opposing emotions but they are the two most important factors of the play. In act four, scene three the main emotions and moods conveyed by Shakespeare are fear and abandonment. Juliet is on her own and has to overcome her fears by herself. This creates empathy throughout the whole scene. Her train of thought crosses all scary situations that she may have to deal with. Overall, the two scenes contain an enormous amount of moods and emotions that give the dramatic play its allure. Pauline ...read more.

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